CAPE TOWN – The Junior Springboks won’t be going into their next match with the hope of lifting their first World Rugby Under-20 Championship title since 2012 after they lost to France in their semi-final clash in Rosario on Monday. Instead, it’s the bronze medal the South Africans will be challenging hosts Argentina for on Saturday (6pm kickoff).
And while Chean Roux’s team will certainly be disappointed that they didn’t succeed in making this their year, there were a few players who showed that they have what it takes to shine on more than just the junior international platform in future.
JJ van der Mescht
The Sharks lock has been big for the Junior Boks in Argentina. With his 2m and 120kg frame, the wearer of the No 4 jumper has all the skills of a No 5 lock, and he has done well to put them on display in Argentina.
Van der Mescht was massive in the Junior Boks’ opener against Scotland and was rewarded for his efforts with a try, and his contributions have continued right through to their game against defending champions, France.